Back to School checklist: Getting state-required vaccinations

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 It’s that time. The kids are heading back school and with that, thousands of kids will need mandatory immunizations before the school year starts. 

The lobby at Columbus Public Health had parents lined up to get their kids vaccinated.  The health commissioner says the shots are to protect your kids and students around them, to keep classrooms and the community safe.

Mohamed Cisse is a father of a 16-year-old who’s active in soccer. He says he came to get his son a shot for school. He was just one of the dozens getting immunizations.

“It’s important because I care about his health and people that’s going to be around him,” Cisse.

Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts says she knows this is a busy time, but you can’t forget your immunizations. 

“Make sure they’re up to date on all of their immunizations. And that could vary depending on the age of the child, where they were in school before. So, it’s important to check with your school or your provider to see what your child needs,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts.

Dr. Roberts adds if you don’t get your child properly vaccinated they could be pulled right out of the classroom.

“They’re going to say without the vaccine your child cannot come to school anymore and you don’t want to experience that because again it’s keeping your child away from important learning,” said Dr. Roberts.

She gave an example of how without the vaccine others can be affected drastically.

“Recently, there was a young kid who is going to kindergarten. He was in remission from cancer. He might not be able to get the vaccine himself. But, Annie, who didn’t get back to you, because the parents didn’t want her to get vaccinated. She gets chickenpox she has a mild illness, gives it to this young kid who is immunocompromised, in remission from cancer. Chickenpox is going to be 10 times greater to him than little Annie. So, it’s important that you’re not only vaccinating your child and protecting your child but you’re also protecting those in their classroom who might not be able to protect themselves,” said Dr. Roberts.

The Health Commissioner says getting kids immunized is one of the most important things so that your kids can learn and have a healthy school year.

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